10-year-old boy killed on crosswalk while returning home from dinner with friends

As your children get older, it is natural to give them more freedom and responsibility. No parent expects the worst to happen to them after making a decision after allowing their children to venture out into the world alone.

These parents lived their worst nightmare after losing their son in a tragic accident…

Austin Lobato, 10, was loved by his family and friends. The young man lived with his parents Jenni and Chad Lobato, and his younger sister, Ashlyn. Together, the four of them made a very happy family.

Those who remember the boy remember his kind eyes and his ever-present smile. They say that the boy was always in a good mood and there was never a dull moment around him.

The little boy was full of life and loved by his friends and family, who always appreciated his presence. Lobato loved pizza and playing Fortnite according to his family. He was a wonderful friend to everyone and a great big brother to his sister Ashlyn.

On Saturday, September 17, 2022, the little boy went to a friend’s house and he was supposed to have dinner there too. The friend lived just two blocks from his house, so his parents didn’t think much of it.

Around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, his young son called to inform them that he would be coming home from his friend’s house on his electric scooter. They had asked him to call before leaving his friend’s house.

They remember the last time they talked to his little son, he told them: “Mom, dad, I’m leaving. I’ll be home soon.” They expected him to show up at the door at any moment, but they kept waiting, which seemed strange to them.

Then suddenly they heard police sirens. The couple immediately felt uncomfortable because mermaids in their part of town were such a rarity. Hearing the sound of sirens getting louder, Jenni ran outside and was met with her worst nightmare.

She saw paramedics working to revive her son’s body with CPR and then loading it into the back of an ambulance.

Authorities later revealed that the boy was crossing the crosswalk near W. 93rd Drive and Candelas Parkway when a speeding car collided with him.
Little Austin tried to hold on, but the injuries were too severe for him to survive. He passed away the next day, Sunday, September 18.

His family is completely devastated by the loss. And now the community is questioning the safety of the intersection where the boy was killed.

Arvada police are investigating the crash and have said the driver who collided with the young Austin man was not injured and is cooperating with the ongoing investigation. The exact cause of the accident has not yet been determined.

Area residents are now more concerned than ever about the intersection. Local Eric Brickle has been biking around the area for a decade and said of that particular intersection, “It’s just, it’s fast. And it is the only place where I am very careful with my bike.”

The Three Creeks Elementary School that Austin attended is devastated by the loss of his student. Principal Megan Madsen described the boy as a “beloved student and friend.”

She further said, “Austin was [well-liked] by his classmates and all of our staff. This tragedy has shaken our Three Creeks community and we know this loss is deeply impacting many students and families.”

Friends, family and even strangers are now leaving flowers, toys and notes at the crash site in a makeshift memorial for young Austin.

Austin’s parents are understandably devastated. His father, Chad Lobato, was crying as he talked about his son. He said: “There was a post I saw this morning that said, ‘We need to work on the crosswalk and have more awareness and lights.’ And they wanted to [start] an ‘Austin Lights’ hashtag.

As much as I don’t, I don’t want my son is a hashtag, there has to be [not other parents] who have to go through this, please.”

The family created a GoFundMe page to help raise money to pay for Austin’s funeral and memorial. They also plan to create a memorial fund in his name.